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Nov 20, 2012
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1) Web Application Penetration Testing

A Web Application Penetration Testing is concerned with evaluating the security of various web applications. A malicious user called Black Hat Hacker or Cracker is used for bringing about a false attack on the system. This helps in determining the possible threats to the computer system, thus facilitating the penetration test. It is a comprehensive process that analyzes the system for any potential vulnerability. The vulnerabilities may be caused due to a number of reasons;

 

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or poor system configuration, various types of known or unknown hardware or software flaws may cause the vulnerabilities. Technical countermeasures or operational weaknesses may also lead to various threats to the computer network or system. A Web Application Penetration Testing is carried out from the position of a potential attacker. This might result in active exploitation of the existing security vulnerabilities. The security issues discovered through this process are presented to the system owner. This analysis also consists of a thorough assessment of its impacts and a proposal or technical solution for mitigation or elimination of the problem.

A Web Application Penetration Testing is mainly concerned with detecting the security threats posed to the web applications. Companies and enterprises all over the world are increasingly using the internet for carrying out their operations. But, professional testing, on a regular basis, for vulnerabilities or possible threats, is carried out on a meager percentage of websites. This increases the chance of website attacks, eventually affecting the web applications to a large extent.

Web application penetration tests help in identifying various security issues. The threats and risks in the web applications, known, as well as unknown, can be detected allowing effective combating of the risks. Various technical vulnerabilities like SQL injection exploit, session hijacking, URL manipulation, web server configuration etc. are also identified through the test. The business risks involved in day to day internet usage is also detected by this process. Risks such as unauthorized logins, pricelist modification, unauthorized transfer of funds, modification of personal information etc. can be checked by penetration tests. Therefore, penetration tests help in safeguarding the computer system as well as the network, ensuring safety of an enterprise.

 

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A Web Application Penetration Testing is concerned with evaluating the security of various web applications. A malicious user called Black Hat Hacker or Cracker is used for bringing about a false attack on the system. This helps in determining the possible threats to the computer system, thus facilitating the penetration test. It is a comprehensive process that analyzes the system for any potential vulnerability. The vulnerabilities may be caused due to a number of reasons;

or poor system configuration, various types of known or unknown hardware or software flaws may cause the vulnerabilities. Technical countermeasures or operational weaknesses may also lead to various threats to the computer network or system. A Web Application Penetration Testing is carried out from the position of a potential attacker. This might result in active exploitation of the existing security vulnerabilities. The security issues discovered through this process are presented to the system owner. This analysis also consists of a thorough assessment of its impacts and a proposal or technical solution for mitigation or elimination of the problem.

A web application penetration test is mainly concerned with detecting the security threats posed to the web applications. Companies and enterprises all over the world are increasingly using the internet for carrying out their operations. But, professional testing, on a regular basis, for vulnerabilities or possible threats, is carried out on a meager percentage of websites. This increases the chance of website attacks, eventually affecting the web applications to a large extent.

Web application penetration tests help in identifying various security issues. The threats and risks in the web applications, known, as well as unknown, can be detected allowing effective combating of the risks. Various technical vulnerabilities like SQL injection exploit, session hijacking, URL manipulation, web server configuration etc. are also identified through the test. The business risks involved in day to day internet usage is also detected by this process. Risks such as unauthorized logins, pricelist modification, unauthorized transfer of funds, modification of personal information etc. can be checked by penetration tests. Therefore, penetration tests help in safeguarding the computer system as well as the network, ensuring safety of an enterprise.

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